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North Carolina State Shell:

Scotch bonnet shells - click to see all state shells & aquatic symbols
North Carolina Scotch bonnet shells photo courtesy of seashells.com
(used by permission). See All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols.

Scotch Bonnet Seashell

See Scotch bonnet & lettered olive video below

North Carolina designated the Scotch bonnet (Phalium granulatum) as the official state shell in 1965. The Scotch bonnet is found along the the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Brazil. North Carolina was the first state to adopt a seashell symbol.

First cataloged in 1778, the seashell was so named because of its resemblance to the caps worn by Scottish peasants and because the color pattern resembles a Scottish plaid or tartan.

The Scotch bonnet is a gastropod in the same mollusk class as snails, slugs, and limpets. It is found in North Carolina coastal waters at depths between 50 to 150 feet.

Scotch bonnet seashells - click to see all sealife symbols
Scotch bonnet shells; photo by H. Zell on Wikipedia - published under terms of GNU Free Documentation License. See All Sealife Symbols.
Source:
Shell - Scotch Bonnet: North Carolina state library
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North Carolina Symbols & Icons

mammal - dog
bird - reptile
flower - plant
insect - shell
horse - fish 1 - 2
tree 1 - 2
wildflower - soil
rock - stone
fruit - vegetable
berries: red blue

flag - seal
quarter - motto
colors- language
name - nickname
pottery - boat
song - theater
dance 1 - 2
tartan - beverage
academy
festivals - toast
 

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